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Combined Restylane and Triamcinolone Acetonide Injections for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

Information source: University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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Condition(s) targeted: Alopecia Areata

Intervention: Intralesional Triamcinolone Acetonide 10 mg/mL (Kenalog-10) (Drug); Restylane (Device)

Phase: N/A

Status: Active, not recruiting

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Maria Hordinsky, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Minnesota - Department of Dermatology


The investigators hypothesize that Restylane« could serve as a repair matrix which also maintains IL triamcinolone acetonide concentrations at higher levels for a longer period of time in the skin, giving a more sustained local anti-inflammatory effect and thus, arresting the AA process and promoting hair regrowth. Furthermore, the combination of Restylane« with IL triamcinolone acetonide injections may prevent a common side effect, atrophy. With the prevention of scalp atrophy and the preservation of higher concentrations of triamcinolone acetonide for longer periods of time, patients may see a better clinical response for a longer period of time. Quality of life may improve as the number of clinic visits decreases as would the number of IL corticosteroid injections.

Clinical Details

Official title: Safety and Efficacy of Combined Restylane and Triamcinolone Acetonide Injections for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Change in alopecia areata half head severity score (AAHHSS) at 12 weeks compared to baseline

Secondary outcome: Number of adverse events reported by subjects


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Men and women ages 18 and greater. 2. Alopecia areata diagnosis in the last two years with extensive scalp involvement, between 74% and 99%, alopecia areata must involve the left and right hemispheres of the scalp. 3. Willing to abstain from use of over the counter products and prescription products, other than study medications, which may promote hair growth. 4. Willing to abstain from the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, St. Johns Wart, and high doses of Vitamin E supplementation. 5. Subjects are capable of giving informed consent. 6. Willing to adhere to protocol, including scalp examinations and photography. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Allergy or intolerance to Restylane® or hyaluronate preparations 2. Allergy or intolerance to triamcinolone acetonide, 10 mg/cc. 3. Underlying disease that might be adversely affected by Restylane® or triamcinolone (ex. patients with bleeding disorders). 4. Immunosuppressed patients (history of transplantation, cancer, chemotherapy, splenectomy, HIV). 5. Pregnant or lactating female. 6. Application of topical immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive agent in the preceding 6 weeks. 7. Systemic administration of corticosteroid or other systemic treatment (i. e. prednisone) that has immunomodulatory or other immunosuppressive mechanism of action, in the preceding 8 weeks. 8. Clinical evidence of secondary skin infection (i. e., folliculitis). 9. Other inflammatory or infectious skin disease that might interfere with evaluations during the study. 10. Investigational medications within the past 30 days. 11. Patients with susceptibility to keloid formation. 12. Severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis, or history or presence of multiple severe allergies 13. Patients with allergies to gram positive bacterial proteins 14. Unable to give consent.

Locations and Contacts

University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: March 2009
Last updated: July 15, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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